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in the state of new york. the storm that hit the u.s. northeast put some polling stations out of commission. the governor is relaxing the rules so voters won't be shut out. andrew cuomo issued an executive order allowing residents in areas affected by the storm to vote at any station. officials in neighboring new jersey are also making it easier for people to cast ballots. more than 60 polling stations in new york city are still unusable because of flooding or lack of electricity. workers have set up alternative sites. the voting process in manhattan and the city's other borrows has become more high-tech. they can mark paper ballots and insurt those into a scanner. it's the first time the system will be used in a u.s. presidential election. the results will start streaming in tuesday evening in united states. obama and romney will watch the returns come in from the respective home bases, chicago and boston. >>> obama arrived in his hometown early in the morning with the first lady. the latest polls suggest the president and his republican challenger mitt romney remain locked in a dead heat.
for his second term. >> the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an american family and we rise our fall together as one nation and as one people. and in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together, reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. we've got more work to do. >>> romney made his concession speech in boston, massachusetts. >> i so wish, i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. but the nation chose another leader. so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. >>> americans and people around the world are waiting to see how president obama will address the challenges he mentioned in his victory speech. nhk world's political commentator nakajima joins us. tell us how obama won a second term? >> for a start, he is the incumbent president that puts him in a position of po
covering the congress. he told us more about the main players in china's transition of power. >> reporter: we've got an idea who will head up china's next generation of leaders. we've heard their names before, xi jinping and li keqiang. and we'll be hearing them for years to come. they'll be chosen for top communist party posts next week and unveiled to the world. analysts say xi will become general secretary, taking over for president hu jintao. chinese vice president xi jinping is 59 years old. communist party leaders named xi vice chairman of the central commission in 2010. xi's taken an active role in diploma city as well as domestic affairs. >> xi jinping's pather was a vice premier, so xi became part of china's informal princeling network. princelings gain power by taking advantage of their parents and status and ties to influential fingers. but xi didn't have it easy. authorities ousted his father and jailed him during the cultural revolution. xi was forced to work in the countryside as a teenager. he went to a prestigious university in beijing from 1975 to 1979. and then he spent
. >>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." asia pacific leaders set their sights on an ambition goal, creating a trading block with an output of $20 trillion. a total population of about 3.4 billion people. the leaders of 16 countries have agreed to start negotiations in the new year. the heads of the association of southeast asian nations met in cambodia's capital. the leaders of six regional partners including japan, china, and india joined them at the summit. they issued a joint kmun ka that said they hope to reach agreement by the end of 2015. leader from japan, china, and south korea agreed to start talking on a free trade agreement of their own. they said they would put aside the territorial disputes between japan and the two other nations. japanese officials want to ease restrictions to give them more access to their neighbor's economies. chinese and south korean officials have already begun talks on a free trade deal between their countries. now negotiators involved in discussions for another free trade zone in the asia pacific say they hope to conclude an
tengan is covering the congress. he joins us from beijing. james? >> reporter: gene, this process is carefully choreographed and controlled. chinese authorities are generally restrictive. but the bamboo curtain really comes down during the congress. that makes the job of jury roomism that much harder. still china's political transition is one of the biggest stories going right now. so despite the controls, no media organization wants to miss out. they got up early to get in line outside the great hall of the people. journalists from china and abroad, hundreds of them, all jockeying to get a better position for the opening of the communist party's congress. journalists from around the world have converged on beijing underlying the international community's keen interest on what direction china will take with the changeover in power. chinese government officials say more than 2,700 domestic and international journalists are covering the meeting. media are trying to find out something, anything about this secretive political process. it's not easy. >> it was really difficult to get t
. >>> the leaders of asia's top economies want to work out a free trade agreement. ramin mellegard joins us from the business desk. there are so many trade negotiations going on worldwide. what are the details in this case? >> catherine, representatives of japan, china, and south korea are trying to get together this month to talk about starting negotiations for a free trade pact. the countries have agreed there are benefits to strengthening economic ties as the move towards free trade accelerates worldwide. leaders of the three countries had agreed in may that they would begin the trade negotiations by the end of this year. preparations had been made in working-level meetings but prospects for the talks were unclear in the shadow of the japan/china territory i am dispute over islands in the east china sea. the official launch of fta talks is now expected to get the green light. on the sidelines of the east asia summit in cambodia on november 20th. >>> u.s. president barack obama declared his intention to raise taxes on wealthy americans. he says he wants to discuss this openly with republicans
>>> hello, here in tokyo and you're watching "asia 7 days." thanks for joining us. let's get right to the news. american voters have chosen barack obama as their leader for another four years. asian heads of state were quick to offer their congratulations, but the u.s. faces hurdles to remain an active player in the fast-growing region. in his first term, obama shifted u.s. foreign policy toward the asia pacific, an area notable for its rapid economic expansion. enthusiasm over obama's reelection rippled through the region. students at an elementary school in the indonesian capital jakarta cheered loudly. obama attended the school when he was in the third grade. japanese prime minister yoshihiko noda contacted the president and pledged his cooperation. u.s. and japan have the opportunity to improve ties, especially since relations between japan and china have soured over the senkaku islands conflict in the east china sea. south korean president lee myung-bak said he's sure the u.s. and south korea will continue to develop their alliance. australia is another key ally in the region.
senior political commentator joins us. what prompted the prime minister to act? >> they met all the conditions the prime minister set including helping to pass bills to enact the budget cutting the number of lawmakers and making the disparate and representation smaller. there is a big disparate now between densely and sparsely populated constituencies, so eventually he has no excuses left. but it took some time. noda got caught up in his own words. back in august the prime minister needed to convince the opposition to pass bills to reform social security and hike the consumption tax. he promised them that he would dissolve the lower house, in his words, sometime soon. so noda could not hold out forever. >> now that voters could be going to the polls, what will they be considering when they cast their ballots? >> well, some of them look at this election as a referendum on noda's records, i think. his approval rating has hit a new low and his delay in calling an election drove support for his democratic party to its low. he angered many japanese by raising the consumption tax. and
transition unfold in beijing. he joins us now. jam james. >> reporter: the communist party unveiled its new leadership a day after its long, week-long congress wrapped up. after many months of speculation, we found out who is taking charge in less than a minute. now the future of the world's most populous nation is in the hands of seven men. [ applause ] xi and six other senior officials appeared before the media inside the great hall of the people in beijing. >> translator: our responsibility is to rally and lead the party and chinese people of all ethnic groups. we take up the historical baton from the older generation. >> reporter: china's new leader vowed to take action on issues such as jobs, social security and corruption. >> translator: in the new environment, our party faces many tough challenges. there are numerous pressing problems within the party and senior ranks that need to be resolved, especially corruption and the acceptance of bribes. >> reporter: xi jinping is taking over the position of general secretary from hu jintao. he will lead the politburo's standing committee, chi
effort. >> it will be the first loan in almost 26 years. they will use it to refurbish a power plant. they plan to invest in the commercial economic zone. japan's government will extend the loans in february of next year. they promise to make the country more attractive to foreign investors. >>> expecters in japan are hoping they will be able to shift more of their products to neighboring countries. exporters need any help they can get. >> not only that they are struggling against trade barriers and they are hoping one may be on the way because japan and south china will start trade talks. trade officials from the nations will meet on the sidelines. the delegates are japan strait minister, china's commerce minister and trade negotiator. the ministers agreed in may during talks in beijing to begin negotiations by year end. it took them a while to deliver on their promise due to disputes between japan and the two neighbors. japanese leaders are aiming to build on the fda talks to improve ties with china and south korea. the ten member association of southeast asian nations including ja
to the congress. he joins us from beijing. james? >> reporter: yes, gene, it's a brisk 7 degrees celsius here in beijing, and the city is now abuzz that the congress is under way. signs and banners bearing slogans are everywhere. some read "cheers to the great chinese communist party," for without the communist party, there would be no new china. this is a major political event, and authorities carefully orchestrate every detail. i went for a tour of beijing to see what they've done. signs of the congress are everywhere in beijing. flowers, elegant decorations and banners. when i got into a taxi, i found another sign. ahead of the party congress, local authorities here in beijing have instructed all taxis to take the handles off so that people can't open the windows. chinese authorities are trying to prevent activists from throwing antigovernment leaflets out of the windows of moving taxis. police in beijing have put strict traffic checks in place for vehicles entering the capital. government authorities have mobilized an army of volunteers to help with security. they say 1.4 million citizens
ace chung leave for the united states in may. he using the internet mostly for his activism. >> translator: the communist party is the biggest violator of the rights of the chinese people. >> reporter: however, his activities are monitored closely. and he continues to be harassed. one time he was attacked by police agents as he left his house. another time he found the tires of his car had been flattened. his wife is also an activist. in this video she's being obstructed as they leave the house. the harassment has extended to the whole family. the situation got so bad that his wife left for hong kong in september together with their daughter who was 4 at the time. they were worried that they were no longer safe in beijing. >> translator: i'm happy that my wife and daughter will be somewhere that's safe and free. but i'm really going to miss them. >> reporter: eleven days after they left on september 18th, hu was placed under house arrest. a week later on october 25th, ahead of the communist party congress hu was moved to a province 1,200 kilometers south of beijing. the auth
and took refuge in the u.s. embassy. after tense diplomatic negotiations officials permitted him to travel to new york with his family on a student visa. chen is just one of many activists who put it all on the line to go toe to toe with the chinese government. we met another human rights campaigner who says the only way for china to move forward is to move toward democracy. nhk world's makoto oda has his story. >> reporter: 39-year-old fujia is one of the democracy activists who are being watched closely by the chinese government. he's been involved with environmental issues and also campaigned for the rights of hiv patients. in 2007 he was arrested after he criticized the government on the internet. he was charged with plotting subversion against the government. and in 2008 he was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. he finally returned to his home in beijing in june last year. >> translator: the communist party doesn't care about people's suffering, only protect v texting its one party dictatorship. we must transform this country into a democracy. this would lead to benefits for every ch
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